Lynn Jenkins

Stephen Koranda

Paul Davis, a former legislator and Democratic candidate for Kansas governor, said Thursday he is considering a run for the 2nd District congressional seat being vacated by U.S. Rep. Lynn Jenkins.

Davis narrowly lost to incumbent Republican Sam Brownback in the 2014 race for governor. Davis is from Lawrence and served as the Democratic leader in the Kansas House of Representatives.

In an interview Thursday, Davis said he has concerns about some of President Donald Trump’s proposed policies.

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Kansas 2nd District Congresswoman Lynn Jenkins was jeered Monday at a town hall meeting in Lawrence for defending President Donald Trump and the Republican plan to replace the Affordable Care Act.

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Kansas 2nd District Republican Rep. Lynn Jenkins says she will leave her seat at the end of this term and explore jobs in the private sector.

There have been rumors about her running for Kansas governor in 2018, as Gov. Sam Brownback's second term will be ending. In a statement, Jenkins seems to put those rumors to rest.

"I will not be running for any office in 2018. In two years, at the conclusion of this Congress, I plan to retire and explore opportunities to return to the private sector, allowing a new citizen legislator to step up and serve Kansans," Jenkins says.

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Kansas Rep. Lynn Jenkins will be leaving a position on the House Republicans' leadership team when the newly elected Congress convenes in January.

Jenkins said Wednesday that she is stepping down as GOP conference vice chairwoman to focus on health care and tax reform legislation.

She's seen as a potential candidate for governor in 2018 to replace term-limited Republican Sam Brownback. Jenkins said she's always willing to consider opportunities for returning to Kansas.

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Kansas Congresswoman Lynn Jenkins and other officials toured the Guantanamo Bay detention center last week.

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Reuters is reporting that the Obama administration will not use an executive order to close the Guantanamo Bay detention center. Closing the facility could have an impact on Kansas.

An executive order may have been President Obama’s best chance to close the facility during his remaining time in office. Congress has taken steps to block the transfer of detainees to the U.S. mainland, so they seem unlikely to bargain with the president on the issue.

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The Associated Press reports more than a dozen detainees from the Guantanamo Bay detention center in Cuba could be released starting as soon as next week.

Kansas Congresswoman Lynn Jenkins, a Republican, is concerned that may be a hint that President Obama's administration is moving towards closing the detention center. Fort Leavenworth is one of the facilities that could house detainees, a move Jenkins opposes.

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Speaker John Boehner resigning from the U.S. House might create some new opportunities for Kansas Congresswoman Lynn Jenkins. She currently serves in the leadership as the House Republican Conference vice chair.

University of Kansas Political Science Professor Patrick Miller says if Jenkins is planning to stay in the House, some higher leadership jobs could become available.

Jeff Carmody

Kansas Congresswoman Lynn Jenkins emphasized the role of women in community leadership on Sunday, when she delivered the Dole Lecture at the University of Kansas.

"Whether we learn it as babysitters or big sisters or mothers, we are good at keeping everybody happy and a lot of balls in the air and multitasking," Congresswoman Jenkins says. "We just have unique skill sets that maybe some of our men don't have." 

She also highlighted some of the challenges of a career in public office.

Kansas Democrats have filed two federal complaints against Republican congresswoman Lynn Jenkins.

They’re alleging she violated ethics and campaign rules because a staff member also serves as an unpaid re-election spokesman.

The Kansas Democratic Party says the complaints were filed last week with the U.S. House’s Office of Congressional Ethics and the Federal Elections Commission.

Jenkins' office says the allegations are without merit.

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